Leeds youngsters to benefit from new bike donation scheme

The opening of the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme.
The opening of the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme.
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Children living in Beeston, Hunslet and Holbeck will be given the chance to ride a bike for free following the launch of a new Yorkshire Bank Bike Library.

The new library has opened at the One Stop Centre on Dewsbury Road and will offer free bike loans for youngsters and their families.

The scheme is sponsored by Yorkshire Bank and run in collaboration with Welcome to Yorkshire’s cycling initiative, Cycle Yorkshire.

It aims to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike, and sees unwanted cycles deposited at one of the county’s 46 donation stations, where they are then repaired and available to hire free of charge.

The new bike library was officially launched by former professional cyclist Dean Downing, and Coun Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Communities.

Speaking at the launch, Downing said: “Giving your unwanted bikes to one of the 40-plus donation stations across Yorkshire is a simple task, and who knows, we may find the next Chris Froome or Ben Swift!

“Children can access a bike for free and more kids on bikes is always a good thing.”

Counc Coupar added: “The Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries are a fantastic way for people of all ages to experience the benefits and joy of cycling without having to purchase a bike first.

“This partnership with Yorkshire Bank and Welcome to Yorkshire is just a part of the great legacy the Tour de France has left for the people of Leeds.”

Since the launch of the first Yorkshire Bank Bike Library last year, more than 20,000 chances to ride a bike have been offered to children and around 4,000 bikes have been donated.

Donation stations in Leeds are situated at: Fearnville Bike Hub, Fearnville Leisure Centre; Richmond Hill Primary School; BPM Bike Lab Ltd, 4 Sovereign Place, Neville St; New Wortley Community Centre, Tong Road; Middleton Park Donation Station.

For more information visit bikelibraries.yorkshire.com.